Byron band Tora to play Splendour after winning Unearthed

DIY RECORDINGS: Byron Bay band Tora has won a spot to perform at Splendour in the Grass.
DIY RECORDINGS: Byron Bay band Tora has won a spot to perform at Splendour in the Grass.


SPLENDID things are on the horizon for Byron Bay band Tora, with the five-piece outfit set to hit the main stage at Splendour in the Grass after winning Triple J's Unearthed competition.

Six days before this defining moment in the band's short career they will launch their new single Eat the Sun from their forthcoming EP due for release in October.

What makes their success even more remarkable is Jo Loewenthal, Tobias Tunis, Jai Piccone, Thorne Davis and Shaun Johnston have been making music together as Tora only since May 2013.

Vocalist Loewenthal said the band kept a hands-on approach with Eat the Sun.

"We've continued our DIY mentality with this new EP, recording and producing it all ourselves in a bedroom," he said.

"After we released our last two singles, we've been receiving emails and calls left, right and centre from labels and other industry people.

"But we're not in a rush to sign anything yet. We've already come this far ourselves and we want to maintain creative control over our sound."

The five friends who met at Mullumbimby's Shearwater School have some new sounds in store for the crowds at Splendour.

"The new EP is different in the sense that we have used a much broader range of sounds and instruments, but the fundamentals of Tora are still there," Loewenthal said.

With more than one million plays on social media platforms in the past 15 months and an upcoming national tour supporting electro-pop act Miami Horror, Tora's members are following their planned trajectory.

Catch Tora from midday on Saturday, July 26, in the main amphitheatre at Splendour in the Grass.

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